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Monday 10th June 2024

📱 Big Tech & Startups
Apple To Launch “Apple Intelligence”

Apple is set to introduce its AI initiatives under the brand name "Apple Intelligence" in iOS 18 and other operating systems, focusing on daily life enhancements rather than creative tasks. Features will include AI-generated notification summaries and auto-replies in Messages and Mail.

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SpaceX scales up Starfactory, aiming to build a Starship a day

SpaceX's Starfactory started construction back in February. The upgrade gives Starbase an extra 100,000 square feet of factory floor to help SpaceX reach its ambitious goal of producing one Starship a day. SpaceX intends to start building Starship Version 2 at the new Starfactory.

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Siri is reborn in iOS 18 — everything Apple's voice assistant will be able to do

Details about Siri's new functionalities as well as prompts that Apple used to test the software have been leaked. Many of the prompts used contain natural language, often detailing descriptions of what the user is trying to do along with arguably superfluous details.

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Microsoft makes controversial Recall feature opt-in

Microsoft has revised its Recall feature in Windows 11 PCs, making it opt-in rather than on by default, and requiring users to enable biometric sign-in through Windows Hello for access. This change comes after concerns were raised about the potential privacy risks and security flaws in the tool.

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🤖 Artificial Intelligence
Claude's Character

This article discusses the importance of training AI models to have good character traits, such as curiosity and open-mindedness, in addition to avoiding harmful behaviours. Claude 3 was the first model where "character training" was added to develop traits like ethical thinking and thoughtfulness.

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Silicon Valley in uproar after lawmakers demand AI firms install ‘kill switch’

California state lawmakers are proposing legislation that would require AI companies to install a "kill switch" to prevent their products from causing disasters. The companies are pushing back against this measure, with some threatening to leave Silicon Valley in response to the regulations.

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🚀 Science & Future Tech
Ars chats with Precision, the brain-chip maker taking the road less invasive

Precision Neuroscience, a company at the forefront of brain-computer interface technology, has implanted its BCI on 14 human patients with plans to double that number by the end of the year. Unlike Neuralink, Precision's approach focuses on staying on the brain surface instead of invasive procedures.

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World’s 1st ‘immersive audio’ phone call with 3D sound made by Nokia CEO 

The 3GPP IVAS codec standard, developed by a consortium of 13 companies, including Nokia, allows users to experience 3D spatial sound during phone calls. Nokia's CEO, Pekka Lundmark, has made the world's first live immersive audio and video call using this technology.

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💻 Research & Tools
Spreadsheet Is All You Need

This project, a nanoGPT pipeline packed in a spreadsheet, was created to help further understanding of how GPT works. All of the mechanisms, calculations, and matrices included are fully interactive and configurable, designed to help readers visualize the entire structure and data flow.

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Improving Model with Synthetic Data

Researchers have developed a Synthetic-Domain Alignment (SDA) framework to enhance test-time adaptation (TTA) methods. SDA effectively aligns source and synthetic domains by fine-tuning pretrained models with synthetic data generated through a conditional diffusion model.

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Inspectus is a versatile visualization tool for large language models (LLMs) that offers diverse insights into language model behaviors.

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⚡ Quick Links

With Marriages Declining in Japan, Tokyo's Government Is Building Its Own Dating App LINK


OpenAI's new method shows how GPT-4 'thinks' in human-understandable concepts. LINK


Messenger's new community chats don't need to be connected to Facebook groups. LINK


Tesla preps its API for Robotaxi with two new features. LINK


Nvidia's Blackwell can train GPT-4 in 10 days, but does this solve current models' problems? LINK


Google’s $2.3 million check helped the company get a trial by judge instead of jury. LINK


Yelp can sue reputation company for promising to suppress bad reviews. LINK

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